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at loneliness, romance, and secrets. the story of manti te'o, the football star whose girlfriend never really existed, points to something new in our changing world. not just a little deception, but a cruel and humiliating charade made possible by the digital age. abc's dan harris has more on the latest discrepancies. between it is dream and reality. >> fascinating story. there are some reports that the girl who apparently so enraptured manti te'o was not a girl at all, but a young man. there are a lot of open questions about this case. but what we do know, romantic deception in the age of the internet is rampant. you fell in love with a glond named abbey, but it was really this girl. >> pretty much all of it was, you know, me. just not me. >> reporter: a muscle man named scorpio turned out to be this guy. >> i'm not sure what i was thinking. >> and the chiselled jaw of jamieson king grabbed the heart of a girl named sunny. we'll show you how that turned out in a moment. with so many of living and loving on the internet, a sea of the unverifiable, there's infinite room for deception. it's cal
to know, we welcome you to abc news. >>> and now, to manti te'o, the football star at the heart of that bizarre hoax, sitting down for his first on-camera interview with abc news anchor katie couric, telling what he knew, what he says he did not and how even his parents were duped by belief in a girlfriend who did not exist. tonight, we have a special first look at her exclusive interview. katie will be here in a moment, but with the story, matt gutman. >> reporter: manti te'o tells abc's katie couric he was duped. in love with a woman he met online four years ago, but never saw. a woman he thought died of cancer in september. he spoke of her throughout his epic football season. even two days after the woman pretending to be his girlfriend called him to say she was alive. >> was this intoxicating in a way for you, manti? >> i think, for me, the only thing i basked in is that -- i had an impact on people. that people turned to me and -- for inspiration, and i think that was the only thing i focused on. you know, my story, i felt, was a guy who, in times of hardship and in times o
last night. what really happened to manti te'o, the college football star whose personal story of strength and sadness inspired so many people, until they learned that the dying girlfriend didn't really exist. abc's josh elliott now with the latest in this puzzle and secrets. >> reporter: until wednesday afternoon, there were no public questions about the heart or soul of star notre dame linebacker manti te'o, a devout mormon, hailing from a large, close-knit hawaiian family. but it's that heart that school officials, and te'o himself, now say was exploited in a cruel and elaborate hoax. >> he is a guy who is so willing to believe in others and so ready to help. >> reporter: but was te'o really duped into believing that he was having an online love affair that would turn tragic? he called lennay kekua the love of his life, saying her death had happened within hours of his grandmother's, one day before the big game. a narrative he was all too willing to share, openly and in apparent pain. >> when you have somebody that you talk to every single day, that you sleep with on the pho
football star manti te'o. >> baby, i'm just calling to say good night. i love you. >> we'll tell you more about the man who allegedly tricked him for hour after hour. >>> and, gold rush. you're swimming in the water, something glitters, and, oh my, it's gold! worth $50,000. how do you find it? >>> good evening. as we come on the air, one of the most dangerous countries in the world today is making a new threat directly aimed at the united states. north korea, the secretive nation, with its mysterious young dictator, announcing they will test their nuclear powers and saying they will put america on notice. let's bring in our chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz right now to tell us how serious this new aggression is. martha? >> reporter: diane, the u.s. is warning north korea not to try another nuclear test, saying it would be a mistake and needlessly provocative. but those warnings seem only to have provoked the new, young leader even more. if there was any hope that kim jong-un would be less threatening and dangerous than his late father, those hopes are now dashed. the 20-s
: it was one of the most dramatic and emotional stories in recent sports history. manti te'o, the star linebacker for notre dame, enduring the death of both his grandmother and then his girlfriend within just six hours. >> you take the love of my life. last thing she said to me was, "i love you." >> reporter: te'o then went on to lead his team to a series of epic victories. propelled by his success and his story, he was a finalist for the heisman trophy. all along, he spoke freely about his twin tragedy. >> older brother called me and he was just crying and crying and crying and that's when i kind of knew, but i was still in denial. >> reporter: but tonight, word that that girlfriend, lennay kekua, never existed at all. the story, first reported on the sports news website deadspin, says she was a hoax, and the picture we all saw was of another woman who is very much alive and says she doesn't know te'o at all. late today, notre dame released a statement that coaches were informed by te'o and his parents that the star had been a victim of what appears to be a hoax. the college says some
that fooled manti te'o. and the man who was allegedly behind it all. we are hearing the phone calls, the ones that te'o thought were the girl of his dreams but in fact, they were an imposter. abc's matt gutman has the tape. >> reporter: tonight, for the very first time, the voice that charmed and tormented manti te'o. the notre dame football star releasing voicemails he says he thought were from his girlfriend. we now know she never existed. >> hi, i am just letting you know i got here. i miss you. i love you. bye. >> doesn't it sound like a girl? >> it does. >> it sounds like a girl, doesn't it? yeah. >> reporter: but could that sweet voice on the "katie" show actually be the voice of this man? >> hey, what's up, everyone, this is ronaiah. i'm truly blessed and excited to share new music with you. >> reporter: "the daily news" reports ronaiah tuiasosopo's attorney says his client was the one speaking to te'o all along. ♪ i could throw away everything ♪ >> reporter: tuiasosopo, seen in these christian music videos, was a former star high school quarterback, who te'o claims created the bea
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